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Address: Galapagos Islands | Charles Darwin Avenue, Puerto Ayora 200350, Ecuador
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+593 5-252-6146
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08:00 - 12:30
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Headed by a team of more than two hundred scientists, educators, research...

Headed by a team of more than two hundred scientists, educators, research volunteers and support staff, this world-wide foundation is dedicated to preserving the Galapagos ecosystems.

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The enclosures made it easy to see the iguanas up close, but the tortoise pens seemed a bit artificial compared to the tortoise farm which was amazing. It was worth the visit... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 weeks ago
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Dunwoody, Georgia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The Charles Darwin research station was a letdown. It has seen better days. The attractions were worn as was the facility itself. It was a letdown compared to other tortoise Centers we saw on the Galapagos.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A guided tour of the center with a knowledgeable naturalist is the best way to comprehend what the Galapagos islands have to offer.

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New Haven, Connecticut
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We went here as part of our cruise's itinerary. Our naturalist guide made her opinion of this tour well-known as she introduced the center with the caveat that had it not been called "Charles Darwin Research Station" and that us tourists would expect a center with that named to be part of any Galapagos trip, she would not have chosen... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I read mixed reviews about this place and some people said it was not worthwhile visiting. I highly disagree. If you are interested in Charles Darwin or his theories you should definitely visit. There was fascinating information and the grounds are nice. No, this is not the best place to see the tortoises, but it was worth the visit for... More 

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Geelong, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Spent approx 5 hours walking around with the guides very interesting and informative place. Also modern building housing many exhibits

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Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Loved my afternoon at the Charles Darwin Research Station. Learned so much about the activities of the station and what they are doing to preserve and save animals, especially the little Darwin Finch. Loved the free roaming animals, the beauty of the site, and the knowledge of our guide, Ricardo. A must see if you are visiting the Galapagos. Be... More 

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Ellicott City, Maryland
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The enclosures made it easy to see the iguanas up close, but the tortoise pens seemed a bit artificial compared to the tortoise farm which was amazing. It was worth the visit because we got to see Super Diego :)

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

A bit of a walk from town, but this famous research station has a wonderful museum, monument, cafe, and some nice exhibits of land tortoises and iguanas. The exhibits could use a little work, but otherwise we loved it here.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

If you have time certainly go, it is educational to learn about Darwin and a their tortoise and land iguana breeding programs, but this is a hot -n-dry activity. Much of the information presented at the Darwin center is provided by a good Naturalist guide.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My husband and I came to the research station on our honeymoon. It's interesting and all free of charge however most of it was under construction when we arrived so a fair bit of it was blocked off. I am still glad we went but there just wasn't a lot there. I am surprised there was no way to donate... More 

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